Unpublished Jack Kerouac play discovered
NEW YORK - An unpublished, three-act play by Jack Kerouac, based on his drunken Beat adventures, has been discovered recently and will be excerpted next month in BestLife magazine.

Q&A: Author David Kamp explains rock snobbery

Q&A: Author David Kamp explains rock snobbery
NEW YORK - It started out as a lark in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine, arcane bits of music information that poked fun at the very topic it held up as manna.

Q&A: Author David Kamp explains rock snobbery
NEW YORK - It started out as a lark in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine, arcane bits of music information that poked fun at the very topic it held up as manna.

Baseball notebook
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals first baseman Ken Harvey was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of recurring back problems.

Evans' Ward, Raborn make a lethal combo
Maybe you remember that super fans skit on Saturday Night Live with George Wendt, who would drink beer and yell "Da Bears."

Evans' Ward, Raborn make a lethal combo

Baseball notebook

Baseball notebook
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals first baseman Ken Harvey was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of recurring back problems.

Baseball roundup

Baseball roundup
NEW YORK - After Pedro Martinez dominated his old nemesis, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams rallied the New York Yankees to victory in the first Subway Series of the season.

Season enriches coach's Westside story

Evans' Ward, Raborn make a lethal combo
Maybe you remember that super fans skit on Saturday Night Live with George Wendt, who would drink beer and yell "Da Bears."

Season enriches coach's Westside story
His physician told him he would leave the hospital in three days.

Baseball roundup
NEW YORK - After Pedro Martinez dominated his old nemesis, Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams rallied the New York Yankees to victory in the first Subway Series of the season.

Season enriches coach's Westside story
His physician told him he would leave the hospital in three days.

Odds and Ends
CANBERRA, Australia - Fair warning for all those planning to sneak talcum powder into Australia: The cops will be waiting.

N.Y. sex offenders receiving Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra
ALBANY, N.Y. - Federal officials are scrambling to find a way to plug a legal loophole that allows convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders to receive erectile-dysfunction drugs paid for by Medicaid.

Bear wanders into L.A. suburb, takes dip in pool
LOS ANGELES - A 140-pound bear wandered into a suburban neighborhood and took a dip in a swimming pool before being tranquilized and returned to the wild.

Babe in toyland: Indiana boy rescued after climbing inside crane vending machine
ELKHART, Ind. - A crane vending machine can be frustrating enough when you're trying to snatch a little stuffed toy from its steely clutches. Imagine if the prize it's denying you is your own 3-year-old son.

Bear wanders into L.A. suburb, takes dip in pool
LOS ANGELES - A 140-pound bear wandered into a suburban neighborhood and took a dip in a swimming pool before being tranquilized and returned to the wild.

Georgia health officials launch mail-in tick campaign
ATLANTA - The packages are piling up on the desk of epidemiologist Laurel Garrison, and what's inside isn't pretty - plastic containers filled at least one tick that had been pulled from someone's skin.

N.Y. sex offenders receiving Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra
ALBANY, N.Y. - Federal officials are scrambling to find a way to plug a legal loophole that allows convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders to receive erectile-dysfunction drugs paid for by Medicaid.

Babe in toyland: Indiana boy rescued after climbing inside crane vending machine
ELKHART, Ind. - A crane vending machine can be frustrating enough when you're trying to snatch a little stuffed toy from its steely clutches. Imagine if the prize it's denying you is your own 3-year-old son.

Georgia health officials launch mail-in tick campaign
ATLANTA - The packages are piling up on the desk of epidemiologist Laurel Garrison, and what's inside isn't pretty - plastic containers filled at least one tick that had been pulled from someone's skin.

Odds and Ends
CANBERRA, Australia - Fair warning for all those planning to sneak talcum powder into Australia: The cops will be waiting.

Call goes Braves' way in win
ATLANTA - It went down in the scorebook as an inning-ending, rally-killing double play.

Braves' notebook
BOSTON - Kyle Davies' major-league debut brought the 21-year-old an overwhelming rush of excitement, he said.

Boston beans Braves
BOSTON - In such a literary town, a win just wouldn't have had the right poetic feel for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Boston beans Braves

Boston beans Braves
BOSTON - In such a literary town, a win just wouldn't have had the right poetic feel for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Braves' notebook

Braves' notebook
BOSTON - Kyle Davies' major-league debut brought the 21-year-old an overwhelming rush of excitement, he said.

Business plan now ingredient for rock n' roll success
ATLANTA - He entered the rock 'n' roll pantheon as a joker, a smoker and a midnight toker.

Apple news spurs tech rally

Doctors slowly switch to electronic records
Connie Grimstad doesn't need to call her doctor's office when she has a question about the slew of medications she takes daily - the 57-year-old homemaker simply delves into her medical records from her home computer.

Apple news spurs tech rally
NEW YORK - Surging technology shares prompted more buying on Wall Street on Monday as investors welcomed analysts' upgrades and Apple Computer Inc.'s reported talks to use Intel Corp. chips in its computers.

Microsoft is facing deadline to comply in antitrust case
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union has given Microsoft Corp. until the end of the month to comply with its antitrust order or face punitive sanctions, the software producer and an EU official said Monday.

AGY owes county back taxes
AIKEN - AGY Holding Corp., formerly known as Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC, owes $2.6 million in back taxes to Aiken County, records show.

Doctors slowly switch to electronic records
Connie Grimstad doesn't need to call her doctor's office when she has a question about the slew of medications she takes daily - the 57-year-old homemaker simply delves into her medical records from her home computer.

Banks notify more than 100,000 customers of theft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - More than 100,000 customers of Charlotte-based banks Wachovia Corp. and Bank of America Corp. have been notified of the theft of their financial records by bank employees.

Name change can sometimes help a company
NEW YORK - The Cure seemed like a good name for a business that helped clean up water damage, but it wasn't the head-turner its owners hoped for. On the other hand, 1-800-WATER DAMAGE is pretty memorable.

Doctors slowly switch to electronic records

Center means business for college

Government running out of surplus milk powder
WASHINGTON - The government is projected to run out of surplus nonfat milk powder later this year, which is a good sign for dairy farmers but will cut into food aid programs for the poor.

Center means business for college
ATHENS, Ga. - When the Terry College of Business dean arrived at the University of Georgia, he saw opportunity.

Senators push for repeal of alternative minimum tax

Name change can sometimes help a company
NEW YORK - The Cure seemed like a good name for a business that helped clean up water damage, but it wasn't the head-turner its owners hoped for. On the other hand, 1-800-WATER DAMAGE is pretty memorable.

Name change can sometimes help a company

Business plan now ingredient for rock n' roll success
ATLANTA - He entered the rock 'n' roll pantheon as a joker, a smoker and a midnight toker.

Senators push for repeal of alternative minimum tax
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have been building temporary dams to hold back the alternative minimum tax. Now, a bipartisan group of senators wants to eliminate the levy, originally aimed at wealthy tax dodgers, before it rushes into the middle class.

Business plan now ingredient for rock n' roll success

AGY owes county back taxes
AIKEN - AGY Holding Corp., formerly known as Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC, owes $2.6 million in back taxes to Aiken County, records show.

'Trump University' plans announced
NEW YORK - He's built buildings, written books, married models and starred in a reality TV show. On Monday, Donald Trump announced his latest venture: Trump University.

Apple news spurs tech rally
NEW YORK - Surging technology shares prompted more buying on Wall Street on Monday as investors welcomed analysts' upgrades and Apple Computer Inc.'s reported talks to use Intel Corp. chips in its computers.

Center means business for college
ATHENS, Ga. - When the Terry College of Business dean arrived at the University of Georgia, he saw opportunity.

Microsoft is facing deadline to comply in antitrust case

Senators push for repeal of alternative minimum tax
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers have been building temporary dams to hold back the alternative minimum tax. Now, a bipartisan group of senators wants to eliminate the levy, originally aimed at wealthy tax dodgers, before it rushes into the middle class.

'Trump University' plans announced

Government running out of surplus milk powder
WASHINGTON - The government is projected to run out of surplus nonfat milk powder later this year, which is a good sign for dairy farmers but will cut into food aid programs for the poor.

Government running out of surplus milk powder

Microsoft is facing deadline to comply in antitrust case
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union has given Microsoft Corp. until the end of the month to comply with its antitrust order or face punitive sanctions, the software producer and an EU official said Monday.

'Trump University' plans announced
NEW YORK - He's built buildings, written books, married models and starred in a reality TV show. On Monday, Donald Trump announced his latest venture: Trump University.

AGY owes county back taxes

McKinney will be tested in her first season at Clemson
COLUMBIA - Christy McKinney holds her Blackberry in one hand and sorts through a cardboard box with the other. And while McKinney would love to unpack and settle in as Clemson's first new women's basketball coach since 1987, she knows when her phone rings with a call from a prospective recruit or high school coach, she had better answer.

McKinney will be tested in her first season at Clemson
COLUMBIA - Christy McKinney holds her Blackberry in one hand and sorts through a cardboard box with the other. And while McKinney would love to unpack and settle in as Clemson's first new women's basketball coach since 1987, she knows when her phone rings with a call from a prospective recruit or high school coach, she had better answer.

McKinney will be tested in her first season at Clemson

Being normal or obese is all in the measuring
In spite of one study that says those who are a bit overweight might live longer than those who are "normal weight," you still need to know where you stand - are you within your healthy weight range, overweight or obese? What that now-famous study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association failed to discuss was quality-of-life issues, including any diseases you might be living with during this longer life span. That's why it's critical to know your weight status. Many of us believe we can simply look in the mirror or jump on a scale, but that's just not the case.

Pigs on the highway
Both of South Carolina's U.S. senators - Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint - joined nine of their colleagues in voting against the Senate's $295 billion highway bill. Good for them. And shame on the 89 senators, including Georgia's, who voted for the pork-laden monstrosity.

Champions again
Successful athletes will tell you it's always tougher to stay at the top than to get there. Hence, it follows that the only achievement harder than winning a coveted championship is to defend it successfully.

Champions again

Karzai's temper tantrum
On the eve of his visit with President Bush in Washington, the usually affable Afghanistan president, Hamid Karzai, suddenly threw a temper tantrum over U.S. military operations in his country and the treatment of prisoners.

Public broadcasting wars
Ever since its inception in 1967 under the Lyndon Johnson administration, conservative critics have correctly perceived public broadcasting as heavily biased to the left.

Pigs on the highway
Both of South Carolina's U.S. senators - Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint - joined nine of their colleagues in voting against the Senate's $295 billion highway bill. Good for them. And shame on the 89 senators, including Georgia's, who voted for the pork-laden monstrosity.

Dean is a DNC bust
Howard Dean is turning out to be the kind of Democratic National Committee chairman that Republicans hoped he would be.

Karzai's temper tantrum

Champions again
Successful athletes will tell you it's always tougher to stay at the top than to get there. Hence, it follows that the only achievement harder than winning a coveted championship is to defend it successfully.

Karzai's temper tantrum
On the eve of his visit with President Bush in Washington, the usually affable Afghanistan president, Hamid Karzai, suddenly threw a temper tantrum over U.S. military operations in his country and the treatment of prisoners.

Public broadcasting wars

Pigs on the highway

Public broadcasting wars
Ever since its inception in 1967 under the Lyndon Johnson administration, conservative critics have correctly perceived public broadcasting as heavily biased to the left.

Report: Singer's cancer may postpone baby plans
MELBOURNE, Australia - Kylie Minogue's cancer treatment may force her and boyfriend Olivier Martinez to postpone plans to have a baby, New Idea magazine reported.

People in the News
BANGKOK, Thailand - Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova has returned to Thailand to thank doctors and nurses who helped her recover from serious injuries sustained when the tsunami struck the resort island of Phuket.

People in the News
BANGKOK, Thailand - Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova has returned to Thailand to thank doctors and nurses who helped her recover from serious injuries sustained when the tsunami struck the resort island of Phuket.

Paltrow named new face of Estee Lauder cosmetics
NEW YORK - Perhaps looking to capitalize on that "new mom" glow, Estee Lauder has named Gwyneth Paltrow as one of the faces of the makeup and fragrance brand.

Strategies when your pension plan is changed
When a company decides to shut down or change its pension plan, employees need to determine how it's going to affect them.

Five homers plenty in Jackets' victory
Marcus Sanders and Michael Wagner hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to get the Augusta GreenJackets off to a quick start that turned into a 13-3 victory at Greensboro on Sunday afternoon.

'Raymond' had many stories left

14-year-old girl tries to qualify for men's U.S. Open
ATLANTA - There are times when Carmen Bandea sounds like a typical 14-year-old girl. She was giddy, for instance, when her mother landed tickets to the new "Star Wars" flick.

Perry runs away with second Colonial victory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kenny Perry doesn't have to share this record-setting Colonial victory with anybody.

Shell picks right time to flourish

Perry runs away with second Colonial victory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kenny Perry doesn't have to share this record-setting Colonial victory with anybody.

14-year-old girl tries to qualify for men's U.S. Open

Shell picks right time to flourish
It happened so quickly Sunday afternoon that Augusta's Ryan Shell could hardly grasp it. Before he knew it, Shell was the surprise winner of the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational and was asking where he was supposed to stand at the awards ceremony.

Golf capsules

Golf capsules
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - Paula Creamer made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Sybase Classic by one stroke and become the second-youngest first-time winner ever on the LPGA Tour.

Shell picks right time to flourish
It happened so quickly Sunday afternoon that Augusta's Ryan Shell could hardly grasp it. Before he knew it, Shell was the surprise winner of the Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational and was asking where he was supposed to stand at the awards ceremony.

Golf: Garcia rings stock exchange bell
NEW YORK - Sergio Garcia had a little business to take care of on Wall Street before heading home for a two-week vacation.

Perry runs away with second Colonial victory

14-year-old girl tries to qualify for men's U.S. Open
ATLANTA - There are times when Carmen Bandea sounds like a typical 14-year-old girl. She was giddy, for instance, when her mother landed tickets to the new "Star Wars" flick.

Golf capsules
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - Paula Creamer made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Sybase Classic by one stroke and become the second-youngest first-time winner ever on the LPGA Tour.

Adoring dogs make us aim to be better humans
Our family dog celebrated his first birthday last week, so I guess he's 7.

Shooting hospitalizes Aiken man
AIKEN -- An Aiken man was hospitalized after being shot in the neck early this morning, police said.

Beaten man taken to hospital
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating the severe beating of a 23-year-old Augusta man this morning.

Walker's attorney asks for mistrial
Before a word of testimony was uttered today, state Sen. Charles Walker's attorney asked for a mistrial because he said Mr. Walker does not have a jury of his peers.

Hospital staff cares genuinely
My family and I would like to publicly thank Wal-ton Rehabilitation Hospital for the quality of care my husband received during his recent stay there.Nancy Schriner, Sylvania

Store 'Newsweek' copies properly
Regarding Newsweek's rush to judgment in its attempt to discredit our armed forces and the U.S. effort to conduct the war on terrorism:Roy S. Ellis, Evans

Give Willis a chance as fire chief
As I read and listen to the news regarding the position of fire chief, I am astounded. Catherine Taitague, Martinez

Abortion clinics are death camps
All during the month of May, we have heard an awful lot concerning the World War II-era death camps in Germany, and about the liberation of them by the Allies. They were horrible, and it was a good move when they were liberated. If you talk with someone who helped liberate any of them, they will tell you how horrible they were. How many lives could have been spared if the world leaders had decided to make a move earlier? We will never know.Don Matthews, Augusta

Preserve Senate's filibuster

Abortion clinics are death camps

Fire-chief search smells funny
Everybody makes mistakes, including the city leaders. They simply overlooked the fact that Greensboro, N.C., Fire Chief Johnny Wayne Teeters didn't have a full four-year degree. Poor, embarrassed City Administrator Fred Russell had to call him and tell him the news.Worren Winburn, Hephzibah

Preserve Senate's filibuster
I hope all moderate voices in Aiken pay close attention to what happens in the U.S. Senate this week.Andrew Moyer, Aiken, S.C.

Store 'Newsweek' copies properly
Regarding Newsweek's rush to judgment in its attempt to discredit our armed forces and the U.S. effort to conduct the war on terrorism:Roy S. Ellis, Evans

Fire-chief search smells funny

Fire-chief search smells funny
Everybody makes mistakes, including the city leaders. They simply overlooked the fact that Greensboro, N.C., Fire Chief Johnny Wayne Teeters didn't have a full four-year degree. Poor, embarrassed City Administrator Fred Russell had to call him and tell him the news.Worren Winburn, Hephzibah

Store 'Newsweek' copies properly

Hospital staff cares genuinely

Countless moral compasses confuse
The abortion industry was born of lies and thrives on lies, as demonstrated by Planned Parenthood's fraudulent claims of focusing on prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Paul W. Rosenthal, Martinez

Preserve Senate's filibuster
I hope all moderate voices in Aiken pay close attention to what happens in the U.S. Senate this week.Andrew Moyer, Aiken, S.C.

Hospital staff cares genuinely
My family and I would like to publicly thank Wal-ton Rehabilitation Hospital for the quality of care my husband received during his recent stay there.Nancy Schriner, Sylvania

Abortion clinics are death camps
All during the month of May, we have heard an awful lot concerning the World War II-era death camps in Germany, and about the liberation of them by the Allies. They were horrible, and it was a good move when they were liberated. If you talk with someone who helped liberate any of them, they will tell you how horrible they were. How many lives could have been spared if the world leaders had decided to make a move earlier? We will never know. Don Matthews, Augusta

Seniors calendar

Techbits: Gates book, Hard drive PDA, and more

Health and fitness calendar

Top games at 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo

'Area 51' game is a winner that will make you sweat

Living briefs
Though another season of The Apprentice has ended, Donald Trump is still with us, too. ABC's Trump Unauthorized traces his rise to even greater fortune and fame than achieved by his father, setbacks in his personal and business lives, and his speedy comeback. Check out The Donald in Trump Unauthorized at 9 on WJBF (Channel 6).

Techbits: Gates book, Hard drive PDA, and more
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates is working on another book, once again about how technology is changing the way we live.

'Area 51' game is a winner that will make you sweat
If the Area 51 does exist somewhere in the bowels of the Nevada desert, let's hope the U.S. government can keep a tighter lid on things than they did in Midway Games latest title, "Area 51," a cavernous military complex bristling with mutants and alien life forms.

Top games at 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo
LOS ANGELES - There's an old saying in the video game business: just because a game looks good doesn't mean it's fun to play. We roamed the sprawling halls of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo and found these standouts from the hundreds of new games being previewed. In most cases, it was the gameplay, not the graphics, that had us hooked.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Techbits: Gates book, Hard drive PDA, and more
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates is working on another book, once again about how technology is changing the way we live.

Memorials let towns pay tribute to fallen troops
A veteran of three wars - World War II, Korea and Vietnam - Augusta resident Jesse Murga has made sure to spend some time visiting the monuments that memorialize his fallen comrades.

'Area 51' game is a winner that will make you sweat
If the Area 51 does exist somewhere in the bowels of the Nevada desert, let's hope the U.S. government can keep a tighter lid on things than they did in Midway Games latest title, "Area 51," a cavernous military complex bristling with mutants and alien life forms.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Top games at 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo
LOS ANGELES - There's an old saying in the video game business: just because a game looks good doesn't mean it's fun to play. We roamed the sprawling halls of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo and found these standouts from the hundreds of new games being previewed. In most cases, it was the gameplay, not the graphics, that had us hooked.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Extra weight brings higher risks for men
To the many health problems that come with packing on the pounds, men can add another: prostate cancer.

Many fail advancement tests

With base safe, Sumter stands ready to welcome Army force
SUMTER, S.C. - Zona Jefferson, a school superintendent in the central South Carolina city of Sumter, opens her arms wide when she says she's excited the Pentagon might be sending hundreds of Army men and women - and their children - to nearby Shaw Air Force Base.

Across Georgia
NORCROSS - An 18-month-old girl died when a relative accidentally backed over her in a minivan, police said.

Aiken OKs annexation of 20 acres

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Thousands of undocumented workers in the Palmetto State could be denied workers' compensation coverage, including lost wages and medical bills stemming from work-related injuries, under a proposed bill in the Legislature.

Senator Walker's trial begins today
Georgia Sen. Charles Walker's federal trial begins this morning in U.S. District Court.

Across the area
Police are investigating a reported shooting, a robbery by force and an attack, all occurring outside the Tinted Windows nightclub early Sunday.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Five people died during the first of two back-to-back biker rallies in Myrtle Beach.

Richmond County seniors attend baccalaureate
The graduates at Sunday's Richmond County Baccalaureate Service represented 10 extremely varied schools, but that didn't stop Cross Creek student Crystal Hamilton from pointing out their commonalities.

Georgia pupil heads to National Spelling Bee

Across the southeast
LEXINGTON, N.C. - One man wanted to buy the infamous "Spider Car" driven by former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege to remind residents of Mr. Hege's reign that ended with his resignation and guilty pleas to two felonies.

Kid of the Day
Johnmichael Cobb is today's Kid of the Day.

Image hurts hospital's revival
GREENSBORO, Ga. - A year ago, residents in Greene County in middle Georgia were getting ready to shutter the windows of the tiny, 15-bed hospital where generations of locals had started and ended their lives.

Georgia pupil heads to National Spelling Bee
NAHUNTA, Ga. - If you can name it, James Clark can probably spell it.

Stories fly fast at book signing
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Whenever Strom Thurmond attended a service at Edgefield's First Baptist Church, the choir would belt out a rousing rendition of The King is Coming.

Five questions with Michael Eastergard
Mr. Eastergard is the owner of Carefree Pools and Spas. He was head of engineering and design for Year Round Pool Co. in Hilton Head, S.C., before taking over Carefree in 2000.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Mariah Janai Griffin of Millen, Ga.

Kid of the Day
Johnmichael Cobb is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
NORCROSS - An 18-month-old girl died when a relative accidentally backed over her in a minivan, police said.

State superintendent says progress is being made
ATLANTA - The state Department of Education has begun to win back much of the trust destroyed after the fall of former Superintendent Linda Schrenko, who is awaiting trial on federal charges, her successor said Monday.

State superintendent says progress is being made

Shooting hospitalizes Aiken man

Jury selection finished

UGA might buy Navy school land

Class assists parents, children

Across the southeast

News you can use
Evenings in the Appleby Garden will be held at 8 p.m. at Appleby Library's garden, 2260 Walton Way. Peter Fletcher will be the featured performer Tuesday. The concerts are free. For more information, call 736-6244.

Stories fly fast at book signing

Class assists parents, children
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Last year, when Janet Scott tried to teach her 16-year-old daughter, Jasmine, to drive, the experience was aggravating.

Psychiatric group calls for recognition of civil unions

Damages were not caused by tornado
National Weather Service officials determined Monday that wind damage in Evans from a Friday afternoon thunderstorm was not the result of a tornado.

Man's projects help Africans, U.S. image

The week ahead
There are high school graduation ceremonies every weekday this week, and going to at least one of them is my pick.

Across the area

UGA might buy Navy school land
ATHENS, Ga. - A Navy school targeted for closure by the Pentagon could become part of the University of Georgia, a school official said.

Senator Walker's trial begins today

Perdue looks at partisan judicial races
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday that he could see himself supporting a constitutional amendment to turn future Georgia judicial elections into partisan contests because of the increasingly political nature of such races.

Five questions with Michael Eastergard

City considers starting sales tax projects early
NORTH AUGUSTA - Officials are considering a bond referendum that would allow the city to start 1-cent sales tax projects before the second round of cash from the levy arrived.

Richmond County seniors attend baccalaureate

Psychiatric group calls for recognition of civil unions
ATLANTA - Representatives of the nation's top psychiatric group weighed in on gay marriage Sunday, approving a statement urging legal recognition of same-sex unions.

With base safe, Sumter stands ready to welcome Army force

Psychiatric group calls for recognition of civil unions
ATLANTA - Representatives of the nation's top psychiatric group weighed in on gay marriage Sunday, approving a statement urging legal recognition of same-sex unions.

Across South Carolina

News you can use

The week ahead

Perdue looks at partisan judicial races

Kid of the Day

Walker's attorney asks for mistrial

Students falter in science

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Seniors' choices create big bill

Image hurts hospital's revival

Damages were not caused by tornado

City considers starting sales tax projects early

Across the area
AIKEN - An Aiken man was hospitalized after being shot in the neck early Monday, police said.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Aiken OKs annexation of 20 acres
AIKEN - Aiken City Council members approved annexing 20 acres of property into the city Monday night, but they agreed to safeguards requested by residents of a nearby subdivision who sought to protect their neighborhood from new development.

Perdue looks at partisan judicial races
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday that he could see himself supporting a constitutional amendment to turn future Georgia judicial elections into partisan contests because of the increasingly political nature of such races.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two of four Georgia bases tapped for closure by the Pentagon will be visited by federal commissioners Wednesday.

Seniors' choices create big bill
The weatherman is predicting mostly sunny skies today and Wednesday for six outdoor graduations in Richmond County, but the long-term forecast calls for stormy debates over the location of next year's ceremonies.

Jury selection finished
It took almost 12 hours, but a jury was finally selected Monday for state Sen. Charles Walker's highly anticipated trial in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

Jury selection finished
It took almost 12 hours, but a jury was finally selected Monday for state Sen. Charles Walker's highly anticipated trial in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

Many fail advancement tests
In the first year that Georgia's fifth-graders were required to pass math and reading tests for promotion, 21.6 percent of Richmond County pupils failed the math portion and 16.5 percent flopped on the reading test, school officials said.

With base safe, Sumter stands ready to welcome Army force
SUMTER, S.C. - Zona Jefferson, a school superintendent in the central South Carolina city of Sumter, opens her arms wide when she says she's excited the Pentagon might be sending hundreds of Army men and women - and their children - to nearby Shaw Air Force Base.

State superintendent says progress is being made
ATLANTA - The state Department of Education has begun to win back much of the trust destroyed after the fall of former Superintendent Linda Schrenko, who is awaiting trial on federal charges, her successor said Monday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Students falter in science
Science continues to frustrate many high school students as they try to pass the crucial Georgia High School Graduation test.

Georgia pupil heads to National Spelling Bee
NAHUNTA, Ga. - If you can name it, James Clark can probably spell it.

City considers starting sales tax projects early
NORTH AUGUSTA - Officials are considering a bond referendum that would allow the city to start 1-cent sales tax projects before the second round of cash from the levy arrived.

Class assists parents, children
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Last year, when Janet Scott tried to teach her 16-year-old daughter, Jasmine, to drive, the experience was aggravating.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Extra weight brings higher risks for men
To the many health problems that come with packing on the pounds, men can add another: prostate cancer.

The week ahead
There are high school graduation ceremonies every weekday this week, and going to at least one of them is my pick.

Aiken OKs annexation of 20 acres
AIKEN - Aiken City Council members approved annexing 20 acres of property into the city Monday night, but they agreed to safeguards requested by residents of a nearby subdivision who sought to protect their neighborhood from new development.

UGA might buy Navy school land
ATHENS, Ga. - A Navy school targeted for closure by the Pentagon could become part of the University of Georgia, a school official said.

Man's projects help Africans, U.S. image
In the Horn of Africa, a native Augustan is helping to build public works projects that officials hope will improve the quality of life of the people there - and to thwart the kind of desperation that might foster the next generation of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

Walker's attorney asks for mistrial
Before a word of testimony was uttered today, state Sen. Charles Walker's attorney asked for a mistrial because he said Mr. Walker does not have a jury of his peers.

Across the area
Police are investigating a reported shooting, a robbery by force and an attack, all occurring outside the Tinted Windows nightclub early Sunday.

Across the area
AIKEN - An Aiken man was hospitalized after being shot in the neck early Monday, police said.

News you can use
Evenings in the Appleby Garden will be held at 8 p.m. at Appleby Library's garden, 2260 Walton Way. Peter Fletcher will be the featured performer Tuesday. The concerts are free. For more information, call 736-6244.

Seniors' choices create big bill
The weatherman is predicting mostly sunny skies today and Wednesday for six outdoor graduations in Richmond County, but the long-term forecast calls for stormy debates over the location of next year's ceremonies.

Divers hunt history in river
MACON, Ga. - The banks of the Ocmulgee River in Macon have turned up centuries of artifacts, from Native American pottery to remnants of 19th-century steamboats. And if the sides hold so much history, archaeologists wonder what secrets the river itself might hold.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two of four Georgia bases tapped for closure by the Pentagon will be visited by federal commissioners Wednesday.

Image hurts hospital's revival
GREENSBORO, Ga. - A year ago, residents in Greene County in middle Georgia were getting ready to shutter the windows of the tiny, 15-bed hospital where generations of locals had started and ended their lives.

Students falter in science
Science continues to frustrate many high school students as they try to pass the crucial Georgia High School Graduation test.

Five questions with Michael Eastergard
Mr. Eastergard is the owner of Carefree Pools and Spas. He was head of engineering and design for Year Round Pool Co. in Hilton Head, S.C., before taking over Carefree in 2000.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Thousands of undocumented workers in the Palmetto State could be denied workers' compensation coverage, including lost wages and medical bills stemming from work-related injuries, under a proposed bill in the Legislature.

Across the area

Kid of the Day

Man's projects help Africans, U.S. image
In the Horn of Africa, a native Augustan is helping to build public works projects that officials hope will improve the quality of life of the people there - and to thwart the kind of desperation that might foster the next generation of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists.

Richmond County seniors attend baccalaureate
The graduates at Sunday's Richmond County Baccalaureate Service represented 10 extremely varied schools, but that didn't stop Cross Creek student Crystal Hamilton from pointing out their commonalities.

Shooting hospitalizes Aiken man
AIKEN -- An Aiken man was hospitalized after being shot in the neck early this morning, police said.

Across the southeast
LEXINGTON, N.C. - One man wanted to buy the infamous "Spider Car" driven by former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege to remind residents of Mr. Hege's reign that ended with his resignation and guilty pleas to two felonies.

Senator Walker's trial begins today
Georgia Sen. Charles Walker's federal trial begins this morning in U.S. District Court.

Stories fly fast at book signing
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Whenever Strom Thurmond attended a service at Edgefield's First Baptist Church, the choir would belt out a rousing rendition of The King is Coming.

Extra weight brings higher risks for men

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Mariah Janai Griffin of Millen, Ga.

Damages were not caused by tornado
National Weather Service officials determined Monday that wind damage in Evans from a Friday afternoon thunderstorm was not the result of a tornado.

Many fail advancement tests
In the first year that Georgia's fifth-graders were required to pass math and reading tests for promotion, 21.6 percent of Richmond County pupils failed the math portion and 16.5 percent flopped on the reading test, school officials said.

Check scam involves homeless
CONYERS, Ga. - Police in an Atlanta suburb are starting to notice a disturbing check scam.

'Raymond' had many stories left
During all the hoopla over Everybody Loves Raymond's last episode, the stars and creators told interviewers they had run out of story ideas that would retain the show's quality.

'Raymond' had many stories left
During all the hoopla over Everybody Loves Raymond's last episode, the stars and creators told interviewers they had run out of story ideas that would retain the show's quality.

Time magazine list all-time top 100 movies
NEW YORK - A list of the greatest films of all time without "North by Northwest?" No "Annie Hall," "Bicycle Thief" or "Apocalypse Now"?

Final 'Star Wars' sets three- and four-day box office records
LOS ANGELES - Moviegoers have turned out in full force for the final chapter of the "Star Wars" saga, which took in $158.5 million since its opening to shatter three-day and four-day box office records.

Time magazine list all-time top 100 movies

Final 'Star Wars' sets three- and four-day box office records

Time magazine list all-time top 100 movies
NEW YORK - A list of the greatest films of all time without "North by Northwest?" No "Annie Hall," "Bicycle Thief" or "Apocalypse Now"?

Final 'Star Wars' sets three- and four-day box office records
LOS ANGELES - Moviegoers have turned out in full force for the final chapter of the "Star Wars" saga, which took in $158.5 million since its opening to shatter three-day and four-day box office records.

Opera highlights this year's Spoleto Festival USA
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Even at a cultural event with a reputation for opera, this season's Spoleto Festival USA could be considered the year of the opera.

Hot Hot Heat Incite Americans to Dance
"I love it when crowds dance and go crazy," Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Hays said during a recent break from the indie garage rock quartet's current North American tour. "But when I got to a show, I'm usually the guy in the corner."

Morissette revists her biggest album for acoustic tour
Some stars downgrade the importance of their biggest hits on tour, trotting them out only in abbreviated forms or during medleys, so they can focus on their new material.

Opera highlights this year's Spoleto Festival USA
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Even at a cultural event with a reputation for opera, this season's Spoleto Festival USA could be considered the year of the opera.

Grammy-winning act strengthens family ties

Morissette revists her biggest album for acoustic tour

Grammy-winning act strengthens family ties
Most families would self-destruct if you put them on a confining tour bus and sent them out on the road for months straight.

Morissette revists her biggest album for acoustic tour
Some stars downgrade the importance of their biggest hits on tour, trotting them out only in abbreviated forms or during medleys, so they can focus on their new material.

Grammy-winning act strengthens family ties
Most families would self-destruct if you put them on a confining tour bus and sent them out on the road for months straight.

Opera highlights this year's Spoleto Festival USA

Martin's plans unfazed by win
CONCORD, N.C. - Mark Martin has no regrets and no second thoughts about his impending retirement. He is positive that this season will be his last at NASCAR's highest level.

No feud, Foyt says after his driver bumps rookie Luyendyk Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS - Felipe Giaffone's late bump of rookie Arie Luyendyk Jr. rekindled memories of a Victory Lane altercation between Luyendyk's father, Arie Sr., and car owner A.J. Foyt eight years ago.

Giaffone bumps disappointed Luyendyk from Indy field
INDIANAPOLIS - Felipe Giaffone went from shopping for baby clothes to the starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500 in less than four hours.

Martin's plans unfazed by win
CONCORD, N.C. - Mark Martin has no regrets and no second thoughts about his impending retirement. He is positive that this season will be his last at NASCAR's highest level.

Giaffone bumps disappointed Luyendyk from Indy field
INDIANAPOLIS - Felipe Giaffone went from shopping for baby clothes to the starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500 in less than four hours.

Martin's plans unfazed by win

Giaffone bumps disappointed Luyendyk from Indy field

Pistons will make Shaq prove health
MIAMI - A slight misperception seems to have taken hold on the eve of the Eastern Conference finals.

Spurs blow past Suns in 4th to win Game 1
PHOENIX - Although they're still known for defense, the San Antonio Spurs might soon start convincing people to respect their offense, too.

Spurs blow past Suns in 4th to win Game 1

'Mr. Sonic' hasn't had time to consider a return

Spurs blow past Suns in 4th to win Game 1
PHOENIX - Although they're still known for defense, the San Antonio Spurs might soon start convincing people to respect their offense, too.

'Mr. Sonic' hasn't had time to consider a return
SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan couldn't say Monday if he'll return next season, simply because he hasn't had time to consider the question.

'Mr. Sonic' hasn't had time to consider a return
SEATTLE - Seattle SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan couldn't say Monday if he'll return next season, simply because he hasn't had time to consider the question.

Bears release kicker

Patriots bring back Troy Brown

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Ms. Anna Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George A. Luke    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robbie F. Kearse    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Yi Kye Son (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Yi Kye Son (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Robbie F. Kearse (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William L. Burroughs (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mr. Harry E. Allen (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mrs. Audrey Fitts Morell (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

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Mr. Jack D. Brannon (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Grandstaff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Graf reminds stars of past

Overtime

Afleet Alex ready to tackle Belmont

U.S. Polo is bringing Gold Cup to Aiken

Overtime
In Annapolis, Md., Northwestern won the NCAA women's lacrosse championship Sunday, finishing the season undefeated with a 13-10 victory over Virginia behind Kristen Kjellman's five goals.

Overtime
John Bowen was named the new head football coach for Hephzibah High School by the Richmond County Public School System on Monday.

Graf reminds stars of past
PARIS - Steffi Graf brought back a flood of memories for French Open fans on Sunday when she returned, racket in hand, to the scene of her most emotional, and final, Grand Slam triumph.

Graf reminds stars of past
PARIS - Steffi Graf brought back a flood of memories for French Open fans on Sunday when she returned, racket in hand, to the scene of her most emotional, and final, Grand Slam triumph.

Overtime
John Bowen was named the new head football coach for Hephzibah High School by the Richmond County Public School System on Monday.

Afleet Alex ready to tackle Belmont
BALTIMORE - Other than a slightly scraped left ankle, Afleet Alex seems in perfect shape after his remarkable victory in the Preakness Stakes.

U.S. Polo is bringing Gold Cup to Aiken
AIKEN - One of Adam Snow's wildest dreams will come to fruition this fall, when the U.S. Polo Association brings its Gold Cup to Aiken.

U.S. Polo is bringing Gold Cup to Aiken
AIKEN - One of Adam Snow's wildest dreams will come to fruition this fall, when the U.S. Polo Association brings its Gold Cup to Aiken.

Afleet Alex ready to tackle Belmont
BALTIMORE - Other than a slightly scraped left ankle, Afleet Alex seems in perfect shape after his remarkable victory in the Preakness Stakes.

Patriots bring back Troy Brown
BOSTON - Two-way Troy is coming back for a 12th season with the New England Patriots.

Bears release kicker
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Chicago Bears released kicker Paul Edinger on Sunday as expected, less than two weeks after signing Doug Brien.

Patriots bring back Troy Brown
BOSTON - Two-way Troy is coming back for a 12th season with the New England Patriots.

Bears release kicker
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Chicago Bears released kicker Paul Edinger on Sunday as expected, less than two weeks after signing Doug Brien.

What's in store for the women of Wisteria Lane?
NEW YORK - The desperate divas of Wisteria Lane have brought their first season to a smashing close. So what's in store for Year Two for ABC's hit melodrama from the 'burbs?

Jenny McCarthy risks being 'Bad Girl'
LOS ANGELES - Jenny McCarthy was risque even at age 6. Grinning broadly during a recent interview, she recounts how she cracked up the mothers waiting to pick up their kids at her kindergarten with a slightly off-color joke aimed at her teacher.

Television upfront presentations give revealing glimpse into new season

What's in store for the women of Wisteria Lane?
NEW YORK - The desperate divas of Wisteria Lane have brought their first season to a smashing close. So what's in store for Year Two for ABC's hit melodrama from the 'burbs?

Lots of answers, new questions as 'Desperate Housewives' ends its first season
NEW YORK - It was Mary Alice, the suicide victim-narrator of "Desperate Housewives," who killed the woman buried in the yard - not her husband, Paul, who nearly paid for the crime with his own execution Sunday night.

What's in store for the women of Wisteria Lane?

Television upfront presentations give revealing glimpse into new season
NEW YORK - Here's some advice to television viewers who want to know what next fall's season will be like: Be afraid, be very afraid.

Television upfront presentations give revealing glimpse into new season
NEW YORK - Here's some advice to television viewers who want to know what next fall's season will be like: Be afraid, be very afraid.

People in the News

Lady Bulldogs advance to Super Regional
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia swept through its NCAA softball regional undefeated Sunday, advancing to the NCAA Super Regional with a 2-1 win over Georgia Tech Sunday.

Bulldog on base
Former Georgia and NFL quarterback Eric Zeier (right) high fives Gaige Smelser, 11, of Grovetown, at a Fort Gordon football clinic.

Georgia downs Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brooks Brown scattered five hits and one run over 6 1-3 innings as Georgia won its season finale against Tennessee 4-1 on Sunday.

Lady Bulldogs advance to Super Regional

Georgia downs Tennessee

Bulldog on base
Former Georgia and NFL quarterback Eric Zeier (right) high fives Gaige Smelser, 11, of Grovetown, at a Fort Gordon football clinic.

Georgia downs Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brooks Brown scattered five hits and one run over 6 1-3 innings as Georgia won its season finale against Tennessee 4-1 on Sunday.

Lady Bulldogs advance to Super Regional
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia swept through its NCAA softball regional undefeated Sunday, advancing to the NCAA Super Regional with a 2-1 win over Georgia Tech Sunday.

Bulldog on base

Gamecocks end baseball season with victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's offense got hot Sunday afternoon as the Gamecocks beat Kentucky 12-1 to wrap up the season with Southeastern Conference three-game sweep.

Gamecocks head to SEC tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sure, it was last place and overmatched Kentucky. But don't tell South Carolina its three-game sweep of the Wildcats this past weekend wasn't exactly what it needed heading to the Southeastern Conference tournament this week.

Gamecocks head to SEC tournament

Gamecocks end baseball season with victory

Gamecocks end baseball season with victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's offense got hot Sunday afternoon as the Gamecocks beat Kentucky 12-1 to wrap up the season with Southeastern Conference three-game sweep.

Gamecocks head to SEC tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sure, it was last place and overmatched Kentucky. But don't tell South Carolina its three-game sweep of the Wildcats this past weekend wasn't exactly what it needed heading to the Southeastern Conference tournament this week.

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme calendar
TASSEL TURN: Celebrate graduation with these Richmond County schools: the Academy of Richmond County, Butler and Josey have their high school ceremonies at 7:30 p.m., while Cross Creek begins its pomp and circumstance at 9 a.m. All graduations will be at each school's stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the celebrations will take place in the gym.

Board is chance to share opinions, reach peers

Board is chance to share opinions, reach peers
They get put into a room with pizza and drinks and are asked to start the process of creating Xtreme, a newspaper section that teens across the area can relate to, find a voice in and are informed by.

Let mom know son is amazing
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend is amazing. He loves me and does (everything) for me. His mom seems to have a problem with that.

Let mom know son is amazing

Question of the week

Prom pics
Seniors Derrick Thurmond and Michelle Callaham attend Strom Thurmond High School's "Red Carpet Affair" on April 16.

Let mom know son is amazing
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend is amazing. He loves me and does (everything) for me. His mom seems to have a problem with that.

Board is chance to share opinions, reach peers
They get put into a room with pizza and drinks and are asked to start the process of creating Xtreme, a newspaper section that teens across the area can relate to, find a voice in and are informed by.

Question of the week
Should you walk at graduation if you haven't earned your final credits?

Question of the week
Should you walk at graduation if you haven't earned your final credits?

Prom pics
Seniors Derrick Thurmond and Michelle Callaham attend Strom Thurmond High School's "Red Carpet Affair" on April 16.

Prom pics

Xtreme calendar
TASSEL TURN: Celebrate graduation with these Richmond County schools: the Academy of Richmond County, Butler and Josey have their high school ceremonies at 7:30 p.m., while Cross Creek begins its pomp and circumstance at 9 a.m. All graduations will be at each school's stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the celebrations will take place in the gym.

Odds and Ends

Babe in toyland: Indiana boy rescued after climbing inside crane vending machine

Georgia health officials launch mail-in tick campaign

Bear wanders into L.A. suburb, takes dip in pool

N.Y. sex offenders receiving Medicaid-reimbursed Viagra